Many courses at APC include work placements, giving students an opportunity to gain valuable experience and contacts before graduation. Selected students may also participate in ProjectBase, which enables groups to work with industry stakeholders on an idea, concept, project, or business plan.
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
This course reflects the role of individuals who have highly specialised technical, creative and conceptual skills in visual communication to conceive, negotiate and realise design solutions. Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of visual communication, design theory, history and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Advanced communication, organisational and project management skills are also required. Practitioners may work in many different commercial and community contexts across both print and digital media.
Targeting the practical aspects and employability skills for the design industry, this program will interest those wishing to work as a:
- Graphic Designer
- Multimedia Artist
- Pre-press designer
- Junior Art Director
- Computer Finished Artist
- Illustrator Layout artist
- Packaging Designer
Are you a domestic or international student?
- Design Briefs
- Typography 2
- Packaging Design
- Design for e-Business
- Signage and Wayfinding
- Understanding the Graphic Design Workplace (Work Placement)
Work placement is a mandatory component, providing a framework that enables students to gain relevant working experience while developing specialised knowledge and practical skills in organisational learning and capability development. It takes place in the final term of study and requires 120–135 hours of work placement, attendance at studio class and the completion of assessment work. Specific subject requirements are outlined in the individual course documents. It is the students’ responsibility to find and secure a Host Organisation for their Work Placement prior to the start of their final term. APC will support students with resources to secure a Host Organisation prior to the Work Placement.
Student Growth Stories
Natsuki – Design Fundamentals
Anar – Merit Scholar / General English
Matias – Marketing and Communications
- Broadband internet access
- A video capable device and/or a digital camera
- Access to a scanner/printer (minimum 1000+ DPI, A4 size)
- Sketchbook, drawing and model making materials
- Laptop (100% Online students may use Desktop computer)
– Apple/ MAC:
macOC 10.13 or newer, 16GB, 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel® Core i7™ or newer, 8 GB RAM, Minimum 40 GB free disk space; recommend 100 GB free disk space available.
64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 10 or Windows 11, 6 GB RAM, 30 GB free disk space.
- Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and XD ($21.99/mth first year, $43.99/mth after that)
- Google Suite (Google Docs, Slides and Sheets included as part of your Student Email Account)
- Relevant software to upload and download video files
Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) is available for all courses, subjects and units of learning and competency being offered by APC and APC Design School.
If you have experience, skills and knowledge in your field of work – you may be eligible or even close to attaining a related qualification.
All APC vocational courses are assessed through a combination of assessment types that may include short answer questions, studio projects, essays, reports, group tasks, portfolios and/or presentations.
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|Pathway Course||Number of Credits||Approximate Length of Credit|
|Bachelor of Communication Design||160 Credits||Up to 2 years|
Academic: Successful completion of the CUA50720 Diploma of Graphic Design or equivalent or submission of a sample of work (portfolio) with 5-8 pieces of original creative work. View our Portfolio Guide.
To enter this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills and abilities, acquired through work experience or formal study:
- Apply visual communication history and theory to own professional practice
- Produce professional typography solutions
- Produce graphic designs for two-dimensional and three-dimensional applications
- Create and manipulate graphics and design complex publication layouts
English language proficiency: General English – Upper Intermediate Level; or English Proficiency Skills test result as per the APC requirements.
To participate in APC courses students need to have certain technical equipment, software and design equipment. Please check this Technology and Equipment Standard for Students.
|DAY 1||DAY 2||DAY 3||DAY 4|
|09:00 – 12:00||08:30 – 11:30||08:30 – 11:30||13:00 – 15:00|
|Subject 1 Lecture (LEC)||Subject 1 Studio||Subject 2 Studio||Enhance Your Employability Skills (EYES) tutorial|
|13:00 – 16:00||12:00 – 15:00||12:00 – 15:00|
|Subject 2 Lecture (LEC)||Subject 1 Studio||Subject 2 Studio|
- International students are expected to attend and study 20 timetabled hours per week.
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Course bundling is when you apply for a series of related courses, instead of just one course, saving you money on your visa costs.
For example, if you are interested in a Certificate II or Certificate III course, you can combine it into a bundle with a related Certificate IV course. Or combine a Certificate IV course with a related Diploma and Advanced Diploma.